We seem to celebrate those humans who transcend Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

So often in Hollywood, and in history, we celebrate those humans who become compassionate and empathetic when they should actually be focusing on their physiological and safety needs.

Thinking about the other, at the expense of the personal; it gets our attention. Historical figures such as Jesus, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi are perhaps extremes of this. But there are many other characters in fiction and in reality, whose response to their surroundings cried out for attention to safety and physiological needs, but whose words and action belie concern for others. The new Charter for Compassion is perhaps an extension of this altruistic urge (http://charterforcompassion.org).

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